Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS (2014)


GRINDHOUSE TRAILER CLASSICS (2013)

Label: Intervision Picture Corp
Duration: 129 minutes

Region Code: 1 NTSC 
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital Mono with Optional English Subtitles 
Directors: Various
Cast: Various 


Straight from the flea-pit cinemas of 42nd and beamed directly into the comfort of your slightly less filthy home we have right here a wonderfully tasteless collection of trashy exploitation movie trailers from 70s and 80s courtesy of  
Intervision Picture Corp. Fifty-five trailers are bursting at the seams with copious amounts of sex, gore and kitsch that the actual movies they're advertising could never hope to live up to, but damn are they fun to watch. The era of the supercharged trashy movie trailer pretty much an extinct art form - you just don't seem 'em like this anymore - and that's why I love these trailer compilations. These trailer comps are capturing a specific moment in cinema history when ticket prices and b-movie thrills were cheap and laced with vulgarity. Over-the-top narration poured over scene after scene of mind warping sex and  depravity and you're getting it in it's mos concentrated form - two minutes of cheap thrills that ninety percent of the time is a far superior experience to sitting through the duration of most of these films. 

These days trailer comps are a dime a dozen and Intervision have wisely chosen to spice it up a bit with something other than just a reel of violent and smutty trailers strung together. It's not much but we do have a poster gallery and a nineteen minute feature hosted by sultry UK cult presenter Emily Booth whom offers a scripted history of the b-movie grindhouse with some great clips and tasty dialogue The piece was scripted by author Stephen Thrower and adapted from his book Nightmare USA and directed by Jake West (Evil Aliens, Dog House) whom also directed the Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide. 

I hope to see Severin and Intervision license the second volume of Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide and the other three volumes of the Grindhouse Trailer Classics series from the UK's Nucleus Films - these are fun releases. A fun watch and something I would throw on in the background at a party or as something as mundane as vacuuming the house, there's no wrong time for time form some trashy trailer fun.  Now you can enjoy over two hours of trashy cinema trailers from the safety of your own home with a cold brew in your hand. 

The presentation is a collection of widescreen and full screen trailers of varying quality though most are quite nice, not a bunch of wear and tear and that's almost a negative in my opinion - but fear not for it's grime and grain you crave both are in abundance. Some of the audio is appropriately scratchy but again not as much as you might expect. I do love the aesthetic of the release with menus that are a bit grimy and VHS is appearance with an interlaced image which gives it a decidedly analog TV feel. 

Grindhouse Trailer Classics is a fun bit of salacious entertainment loaded with cheap sex and gratuitous violence straight, a definite recommend if you don't already own a ton of these trailer comps - a list of the trailers are listed below.  
   
Special Features:
- 'Bump and Grind: Emily Booth explores the world of Grindhouse Cinema'. (19 minutes)
- Grindhouse Poster Art Gallery (29 images)

Trailers:
I Drink Your Blood and I Eat Your Skin
Blood Splattered Bride and I Dismember Mama
Switchblade Sisters
Caged Heat
Eyeball
Deranged
Big Doll House, The
Bury Me An Angel
Last House On The Left, The
Street Fighter, The
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS
Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde
Don't Open The Window
Human Tornado, The
Caged Virgins
Ebony, Ivory & Jade
Deadly Weapons
Torso
They Call Her One Eye
Death Ship
Master Of The Flying Guillotine
They Came from Within
Thing With Two Heads, The
I Spit On Your Grave
Sweet Sugar
Girls For Rent
Toolbox Murders, The
Executioner, The
House of Whipcord
Truck Turner
God Told Me To
Doctor Butcher M.D.
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things
Night of the Bloody Apes
Blood Sucking Freaks
Ilsa: Harem Keeper Of The Oil Sheiks
Single Girls, The
Corpse Grinders, The
Zombie
Coffy
Perils of Gwendoline, The
Legend of The Wolf Woman, The
Satan's Sadists
Disco Godfather
Let Me Die A Woman
Doll Squad, The
Secrets of Sweet Sixteen
Cannonball
Autopsy
Fight For Your Life
Love Me Deadly
Wham! Bam! Thank you Spaceman!
Shogun Assassin
Three on a Meathook


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